Traumatic bereavement & Covid: New CPD resources to support children

An understanding of childhood traumatic bereavement must be among schools’ CPD priorities for staff in the coming months, it has been urged.

With the UK having seen at least 127,000 Covid-related deaths since March 2020, a huge number of children will have been touched by the pandemic and unexpected bereavement.

As such, the UK Trauma Council and three child bereavement charities – Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish and the Childhood Bereavement Network – are appealing for school staff to be equipped to support their pupils.

A set of resources is being made freely available including a written guide to traumatic bereavement with supporting tools including videos and a four-minute animation.

A statement from the campaign said: “The pandemic has created situations in which a death comes unexpectedly, without the chance to say goodbye, or where family members feel guilt that they may have brought the virus into the home. These factors may increase the likelihood of a traumatic bereavement.

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